Academic Rank:
Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC
Medical Microbiologist & Infection Control Physician, VGH
Vancouver General Hospital
Short Bio:

I was born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, before moving to Ontario at the age of 13. I completed my undergraduate degree in Cell Biology & Genetics at UBC, after which time I worked in environmental microbiology in both public and private sectors. I completed a second undergraduate degree in Psychology at McGill University before undertaking medical school at the University of Western Ontario. I commenced postgraduate training in general pediatrics at UBC before narrowing my focus to Medical Microbiology & Infection Control and subsequently completed a residency program in 2020. I currently work as a Medical Microbiologist & Infection Control Physician with Vancouver Coastal Health, where I oversee medical mycology, mycobacteriology, and respiratory diagnostic portfolios. Along with Drs Charles and Bryce, I am involved with research and medical oversight of the Canine Scent Detection Program at Vancouver General Hospital.

Academic background

  • BSc, Cell Biology & Genetics, University of British Columbia (2002)
  • BSc, Psychology, McGill University (2010)
  • MD, University of Western Ontario (2015)
  • Postgraduate Residency, Medical Microbiology, University of British Columbia (2020)

Research Interest

• Medical Mycology
• Point-of-Care, Rapid, and Distributed Diagnostics
• Global Health Diagnostics
• Implementation Science

Teaching Interest

  • PATH 722 – Microbial Infections
  • PATH 417 – Human Bacterial Infections
  • PATH 327 – Bacteriology, Mycology, Virology, and Parasitology